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Founded by Ifeanyi Oganwu in 2008 and incorporated in 2009, Expand Design Ltd is a London-based studio engaging in architecture and furniture design by investigating the correlation between history, base materials and opportunities presented by state-of-the-art fabrication techniques. Through our projects, we unearth unidentified typologies that are inspired by the past, grounded in the present, and on a journey to a new aesthetic domain.

Splice appears in The Future is Here, part of Mousse Magazine’s Summer Issue.

PressPosted by Admin Jul 30, 2015 14:06:24
he publication was curated by Chus Martínez and commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs Basel-Stadt. Vitra Design Museum's 'Making Africa' exhibition is covered by Edgar Pieterse and Tau Tavengwa’s contribution to the project.

Pieterse, Edgar and Tau Tavengwa.”Making Africa.” The Future is Here, Mousse Magazine, no 49. June 2015
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New Monograph by Armel Soyer

BooksPosted by Admin Jul 09, 2015 15:36:09

Galerie Armel Soyer has recently published a mini monograph built on the exhibition catalogue accompanying Look Mum, No Hands solo presentation at the gallery in 2013.

Publication includes essay by design historian and Sorbonne professor Stéphane Laurent.

Copies are now available through the gallery.

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Recent Press

PressPosted by Admin Jul 02, 2015 11:55:59

Bulgy Inverted featured in DMB 2015 press coverage by Designboom and Blouin Artinfo.

Nina Azzarello. “galerie armel soyer interprets a neo-classical room at design miami/basel 2015.” Designboom, June 11, 2015

Jana Perkovic. “Sneak Peek: 7 Mind-Blowing Ways to Use Technology at Design Miami/ Basel.” Blouin Artinfo, June 08, 2015

Bulgy Inverted, interior photo by Fred Biver as seen on fakeormistake.net

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Design Miami / Basel 2015

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Jul 02, 2015 11:30:49

For the tenth anniversary edition of Design Miami/ Basel, Armel Soyer featured Bulgy Inverted in a salon-themed presentation which grouped a selection of works from gallery artists.

Booth installation.

Bulgy Inverted, 2014.

Photos by James Harris

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Designer BioPosted by Admin May 29, 2015 12:46:06
Ifeanyi’s minimalist and futuristic vision draws on a modernist ethos informed by his architecture studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; the Architectural Association, London; and Columbia University, New York. As an artist and designer of Nigerian origin, he is a world citizen who seeks inspiration from diverse sources across the globe. These wide-ranging influences vary from the residual undercurrents of Miesian modernism and its significance to the performative potential of materials in relation to the body, all of which operate at the intersections of art, architecture and design. He has worked for the offices of John Ronan Architects, Chicago; Zaha Hadid Architects, London; and has collaborated with the fashion design studio of Hussein Chalayan. In 2003 he joined the London-based structural engineering practice AKT II where he worked within their Parametric Applied Research Team to develop an integrated approach to explore and represent complex architectural scenarios. Throughout both his academic and professional pursuits, Ifeanyi has explored his fascination for art, culture and technology, consequently founding Expand Design and presenting the debut collection in the 2010 edition of Milan Design Week. Since then his works have been widely exhibited in Europe as well as the US, Nigeria and China. In 2013, Galerie Armel Soyer presented his first solo show Look Mum, No Hands in Paris. In 2015, the Vitra Design Museum included his Splice chair in the travelling exhibition Making Africa, A Continent of Contemporary Design which will visit Guggenheim Bilbao and the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona.

Ifeanyi lives and works in London and is represented by Galerie Armel Soyer, Paris; and Priveekollektie Art & Design, Heusden.

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Art Paris 2015

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin May 15, 2015 18:37:07

For the 2015 edition of Art Paris held at the Grand Palais from March 26th – 29th, Armel Soyer presented a selection from the gallery, including Contoured Crater Desk and Bench.

Photo Courtesy Galerie Armel Soyer.

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Recent Press

PressPosted by Admin Mar 30, 2015 15:57:44

Arts.21 TV Mag, Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle covers ‘Making Africa’ in the March 28 episode of Arts.21, where you can hear from curator Amelie Klein and a handful of participants featured in the show.

Andrea Kasiske. Arts.21 – The Cultural Magazine, Deutsche Welle, Broadcast March 28 2015

Section D Radio Show, Monocle 24

For Episode 178, Monocle 24's design radio show Section D focused on design in Africa, with David Plaisant chatting with Vitra’s ‘Making Africa’ curator Amelie Klein and Tom Morris moderating a roundtable discussion in conjunction with Pierre-Christophe Gam.

Tom Morris. “Modern Africa.” Episode 178, Section D Radio Presentation, Monocle 24, Broadcast March 10 2015

Madame Mag - Air France

Blue Milk makes an appearance in Madame Magazine’s Art Opening feature styled by France de Jerphanion and shot on location at Galerie Armel Soyer by Antoine Harinthe.

“Art Opening.” Madame, Air France, Issue 166. March 2015
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Harper's Bazaar, China

Dior Haute Couture collides with Full Circle in the April edition of Harper’s Bazaar China!

Art directed by Jian Yueshu and shot by photographer Cécile Bortoletti on location at Salle Principale Gallery, Paris.

Stylist: Cheney Chen, assisted by Sid Yahao Sun and Ryan You.

“Art on Demand.” Harper’s Bazaar, China. April 2015.
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Making Africa at the Vitra Design Design Museum

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Mar 17, 2015 18:42:16

Vitra Design Museum's 'Making Africa' is now open until the fall when it travels to the Guggenheim Bilbao.

Divided into 4 parts, the show presents a unique perspective on the creative diversity of the continent with the examples drawn from art and design connected by the strand of multidisciplinarity. In the words of curator Amelie Klein, ‘making’ here is presented to “challenge our complacency with mass production,” as well as illustrate the “transformative potential of design” in parallel to socio-political advancements on the continent.

Part 1, The Prologue, explores ways of seeing.

Part 2, I and We, explores identity and belonging.

Part 3 explores the theme of ‘space and object’ in relation to the urban environment, emphasising informality as engine driving the continent.

Part 4 explores the theme of ‘origin and future’.

Enjoy this wonderful video presentation from Vernissage TV.
Video stills by Vernissage TV.

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Making Africa at the Vitra Design Design Museum

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Mar 10, 2015 15:52:52

Splice, Aluminium, 2012
790 x 820 x 460 mm / 31.1 x 32.3 x 18.1 in

Splice will be featured in 'Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design' at the Vitra Design Museum. The show is curated by Vitra’s Amelie Klein with Okwui Enwezor, director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst and the 2015 Venice Art Biennale, as consulting curator.

The exhibition assembles work from over 120 artists, architects and designers working within the continent and diaspora, with a view to showcasing the transformative potentials for design in the 21st century.

From March 14th through September 13th 2015, before travelling to the Guggenheim Bilbao in the fall.

For additional details - http://www.design-museum.de/en/exhibitions/detailseiten/making-africa.html

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2010 – 2015.

Shwisty, 2015Posted by Admin Dec 26, 2014 13:21:43
Happy Holidays!

2015 marks the 5th anniversary of Expand Design, look out for exciting news and projects in the New Year.

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BULGY Inverted

BULGY Inverted, 2014Posted by Admin Dec 22, 2014 16:42:18

BULGY Inverted, Stainless Steel
1580 x 400 x 886 mm / 62.2 x 15.7 x 34.9 in
Edition of 4 + 1AP + 1P

A free standing construct in mirror polished stainless steel which reverses the design principles central to the wall-mounted series.

Here, substructure is exaggerated to form a universe of functional planar surfaces which collide with the draped curve. Multiple reflective surfaces blur the distinction between interior and exterior.

Photos Courtesy of Galerie Armel Soyer.

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Recent Press

PressPosted by Admin Dec 22, 2014 14:34:29

Design Indaba
Design Indaba profile by Tapiwa Matsinde.

Tapiwa Matsinde. “Fluid Forms.” Design Indaba, September 4 2014

Art Base Africa
Interview with Burcu Yancatarol Yagiz featured in the sophomore issue of Art Base Africa.

Burcu Yancatarol Yagiz. “Ifeanyi Oganwu: Designing Expanded Experience.” Art Base Africa, Issue 3, September 2014

AD España
Galerie Armel Soyer featured in AD España's list of Design Temples.

Rocio Ley. “10 Temples of Design.” AD España, October 2014.
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Interview with Bomi Odufunade featured in fall issue of Omenka Magazine.

Bomi Odufunade. “Ifeanyi Oganwu.” Omenka, Volume 1, Issue 4, October 2014.
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